Men’s health with a twist…

The Southern Illinois Men’s Expo is Back!

This year the SI Men's Expo is bringing you more of the stuff you told us you enjoyed last year and this year it is FREE! Come out early and take advantage of all the great health screenings and information. Get your questions about nutrition, fitness and wellness answered during our Panel discussion and Q & A. Talk one on one with the doctors in our Doctor is In booth. Learn more about how to make your own home beverages from Doug Brinkley of SI home Brewers and hear from Dr. Jeff Ripperda on the health benefits. Cap off the day with a word from Southern Illinois Miner's, Mike Pinto. His dynamic speaking style will captivate and motivate you to be a better version of yourself. We want you to take the day at your own pace and enjoy the aspects of the Expo that are meaningful to you. We will have plenty of exhibitors with interactive demonstrations and freebies. And lastly, we will have Haute Wheels food truck on site serving up their specialties. They will have food for sale beginning at 10:30 am. We're planning a great day & look forward to seeing you at the Expo! ~ Kevin Hunsperger & Tom Harness, Co-Chairs

SI Men's Expo Schedule of Events

Time Event
7:00 - 11:30 AMHealth Screenings & Interactive Exhibits
7:00 - 8:30 AMFasting Blood Screening
7:30 - 8:30 AMPanel Discussion with Heath Professionals/Q&A
9:00 – 10:30 AMDoctor Is In – one-on-one sessions with a southern Illinois doctor
9:00 AM- Dr. Zahoor Makhdoom, Gastroenterologist
9:30 AM- Dr. Alex Garrido, Geriatrics & Family Medicine
10:00 AM- Dr. Michael Thorpe, General & Bariatric Surgeon
10:00 AMHaute Wheels Food Truck ready to serve & available for purchase- will be located near front entrance
9:30 AMDoug Brinkley & Dr. Jeff Ripperda- How to make home brew & the health benefits of beer
10:30 AMMike Pinto, Southern Illinois Miner's COO & Field Manager- "Men, Take Charge of Your Health"

Screenings at the Men's Expo

Type Organization
Blood Pressure ChecksJackson County Health Department
Dental ScreeningShawnee Health Services
Fitness ScreeningSIU Department of Kinesiology
Foot ScreeningFamily Foot and Ankle Center
Vision ScreeningWalmart -- Dr. Fred Wood

Exhibitor List

Advanced Energy Solutions
Allied Physicians & Rehab
Alzheimer's Association
American Cancer Society
Crown Brew Coffee Co.
Dirty Sally's Soap Box
Evan Porter Barbering
Gold's Gym
Heartland Regional Medical Center
Jackson County Health Department
Jenn Fortune Photography
Miller Spinal Health and Wellness Center
Pepsi MidAmerica
Shawnee Health Services
Sister's Healthy Connections
SIH Stroke Network
SIH Rehab Unlimited
Stack'd Supplements
The Brigade of Handsome Gentlemen -- SI Men's Roller Derby
The Hub Recreational Center
Women Center
Haute Wheels Food Truck will be on site at 10am and ready to serve!


We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are plenty of reasons why it’s important to start your morning with something to eat. Having a stomach full of food is good for your energy levels. It will also prevent you from overeating later in the day. Experts say you should balance breakfast with a combine of good carbohydrates, fiber and protein. Oatmeal is a good option, but shop wisely. Look for the heart-shaped seal on the box. That means the oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber that can help lower cholesterol when eaten regularly. Oats are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate and potassium. Top your oats with fresh fruit. Berries are a great idea because most are rich in antioxidants. Bananas have plenty of potassium. A handful of chopped nuts, honey or milk also make healthy toppings. When looking for protein, the traditional bacon and eggs can help. Eggs are also rich in vitamin A. According to the USDA, two large eggs and three slices of bacon provide about 22 grams of dietary protein. The recommended daily allowance for protein is 46 grams. So you could be almost halfway there with just one meal. As you’ve probably read recently there are drawbacks to this breakfast favorite as well. Bacon is loaded with sodium and saturated fat. That can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and even cancer. Keep your sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams each day. Do your homework and read those food labels. You can learn more about food choices at the Southern Illinois Men’s Expo coming to Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Entertainment Center on Saturday, February 25, 2017.


“Every girl crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man,” ZZ Top circa 1983. You may not put a lot of thought in your threads, but people do take notice at how you look. Whether you’re looking for love or just want to dress to impress, here are a few tips from fashion experts. First and foremost, make sure your clothes fit impeccably. Most guys wear clothes that are too big. Make sure everything is almost hugging the shape of your body without being tight. Don’t overdo it with accessories. Yes, it’s cool to wear accessories. Avoid wearing more than three pieces of jewelry or more than three colors. Also, don’t forget about your shoes. Many men overlook them, but women will notice. They especially keep an eye out for clean and sharp looking shoes. Keep them in tip top shape at all times. Going casual is fine too. But ditch the t-shirts with logos. You look like a walking billboard. Instead, experts recommend a classic v-neck tee or something with an artsy look. There are plenty of websites with these designs in mind. Keep the humor clean. You can learn more tips on stylin’ and profiln’ at the Southern Illinois Men’s Expo coming to Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Entertainment Center on Saturday, February 25, 2017.


Building a better body doesn’t start in the gym. It starts in the kitchen. Once you’ve mastered a clean diet, it’s time to set some fitness goals. One of the most important things to remember is keep it realistic. Chances are you’re not going to have those washboard abs, pristine pecs and bulging biceps like the guys in the fitness magazines. But there are some basic things you can do to get into better shape, look good and more importantly feel better. No matter your choice of exercise, make sure your form is correct. If you’re unsure, ask someone at the gym who does know. Not a gym member? Check out videos online by people who know what they’re doing. A few more tips, don’t work your ab muscles every day. Experts say train them two or three days a week. Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth when doing crunches. That will help align your head and prevent neck strain. Finally keep your muscles limber. Men under 40 should hold stretches for 30 seconds. Do it for a minute if you’re over 40. That’s because your muscles become less pliable with age and need to be stretched longer. Before starting any fitness plan, it’s a good idea to get approval from your doctor. Know your limits and don’t over do it. We’ll have more tips on working out at the Southern Illinois Men’s Expo coming to Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Entertainment Center on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

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